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Placement exams

Foreign language placement exams

Placement exams are required for all students with prior course work or experience in a language they plan to study at KU. Some of these exams are available online and need to be completed one week before your orientation. Others can be taken only after you arrive on campus for classes. For more information on languages offered at KU and placement exams, visit Foreign Languages. You will need your KU Online ID & password to take the exam.

Math placement exams

Math placement is based on math ACT or SAT scores and high school and college math courses completed and is strictly enforced (see the table below). If you think you are ready for a course but do not have the required math ACT or SAT scores, you may take a placement exam free of charge. Preregistration is required. For more information and to preregister, contact the Math Department at 785-864-3651.

Placement Table for Initial Math Enrollment
Math ACT 0-21 22-25 26-27 28-36
Math SAT 0-530 540-590 600-630 640-800
Course Math 002 Math 101 or
Math 104
Math 115 Math 125
Math 002 = Intermediate Mathematics
101 = Algebra
104 = Pre-calculus
115 = Calculus I (required for pre-business, pre-med, & architecture)
125 = Calculus I (required for engineering & many science majors)

English Placement

All majors at KU require completion of at least two English courses (most require three). Consult the Online Advising Guide or KU website for degree program requirements. If you have not completed the English Composition requirement for your major through advanced placement or transfer equivalency, you must enroll in an English course during your first semester at KU. Good composition skills are essential to success in many courses at KU.

Initial enrollment in an English course is based on advanced placement or transfer credit (if applicable) or on your English ACT/SAT score as listed in the chart below.

English ACT/SAT Initial English Course at KU*
0-26/0-599 ENGL 101 Composition
27-30/600-649 ENGL 102 Composition & Literature
31-36/650+ ENGL 105 Freshman Honors English

*Students in the Honors Program at KU follow alternate placement guidelines and will be advised of such during orientation.


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